That time everyone piled into .XYZ domain name – www.nicenic.net

End users are buying .xyz domains. How did we get here, and what happens in the future?

Yesterday, Square announced it was rebranding its corporate umbrella to Block and chose the domain block.xyz for its website. Block also uses spiral.xyz for one of its operating businesses.

If you’re suddenly surprised that companies are using .xyz domains, you haven’t been paying attention this year.

Domain investor Swetha Yenugula has been selling .xyz domains like hotcakes all year. You know the first reaction I got when I started posting her sales? Publicly and privately, people called B.S. How was this person selling all of these .xyz domains for four and five figures? Hats off to Swetha for having conviction and investing a lot of money before .xyz became what it is becoming today.

On the surface, .xyz isn’t that great of a domain. Sure, it looks edgy. Being the last three letters of the alphabet is interesting but has limited use cases (see Google rebranding to Alphabet). It’s also a long domain (when spoken) at three syllables. And Z is pronounced differently in lots of English-speaking countries. Many people snickered when Daniel Negari decided to go all-in on this extension.

The team at XYZ set the stage for this, though. I don’t like all of its marketing activities….the domain stuffing and cheap domain sales to look very successful before it was, for example.

But if you look closer, XYZ has been doing a lot of smart things. It got influencers to switch to .xyz. It spent a lot of time highlighting companies and people using .xyz. It marketed at tech events like SXSW.

Ultimately, the community decides which TLDs are successful. The people who pick domains for their websites decide this. And like .io, a lot of people have decided .xyz is a good choice. XYZ planted the seeds and some of those sprouted. Once they sprout, the new seeds blow around and spread.

Blockchain companies seem to be particularly interested in these domains, and blockchain is having another moment.

Now, there’s a lot of risk to investing in .xyz domains. Who knows where this will all be in a few years. I guess if you believe in blockchain, you should believe in the momentum here. If you think that’s all going to crash, you have to ask yourself if other companies will pick up the mantle. (And I don’t mean to suggest that it’s only blockchain companies using .xyz; it just seems to be driving momentum this year.)

The .xyz surge seems to be built on more than what we saw from .club at the beginning of the year. That was built on the hype for one new platform, Clubhouse. It was also stoked by people trying to sell newbie domain investors on an expensive course. That platform ended up nosediving and those course sellers don’t have a course to sell anymore.

Investing in new top level domains comes with risks, just like all investing. You have to ask yourself if current .xyz prices give you the opportunity for a return. You have to ask yourself if prices will keep increasing. At Sav.com auctions, unknown.xyz is $2,750 and favorite.xyz is $1210 right now, and will surely sell for more when they close. Will these look like bargains years from now, like old .io sales seem now? I don’t know.

This is a lot of fun to watch.

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More end user domain sales, including a .tel – www.nicenic.net

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Sedo reported another solid ‘meta’ sale this week, and this one seems to have targeted Facebook, aka Meta Platforms. You’ll also note a .tel (yes, .tel!) domain sale made the list.

Here are the end user sales I discovered on this week’s Sedo list. You can view previous lists like this here.

Metafb.org $27,088 – Someone cashed in big when Facebook bought this domain, which had been registered for only a couple of months.

IntegrityPartners.com $25,000 – Integrity Marketing Group LLC bought this domain. I found a company by this name in Texas, but Whois shows Georgia.

DVPN.com $15,000 – VPN Technologies Inc. in Canada bought this domain.

TrustLocal.com $13,500 – Advanza is a company in the Netherlands that drives leads to local contractors and businesses.

Draft.co £8,500 – This will be a site for fantasy soccer (football).

Chekker.com £5,000 – Schoeck Bauteile GmbH is a building products company. I’m not sure what this domain is for.

2.tel $5,000 – Maskyoo Telephonia LTD is a telecom company in Israel.

FlyDrone.com $3,500 – The person listed in Whois is connected to a drone company called Fly Drone.

Junwon.com EURO 3,050 – A developer with this first name bought the domain and forwards it to product.ceo.

Paynow.hk EURO 2,800 – Paynow GmbH forwards this to the domain Paynow.de.

Solarfarbe.com EURO 2,500 – This domain forwards to solarcarporte.de, a site with solar power products.

Tuckerbox.com $2,500 – Tuckerbox is an app to get food and drink delivered directly to your seat a sports games and other events.

Mangeoire.com EURO 2,450 – Vonston Group creates restaurant and chalet concepts. It also owns the domain mangeoirecourchevel.com.

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10 Thanksgiving Quotes to Show Gratitude for Your Blessings – www.nicenic.net

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth

“Gratitude opens the door, the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” – Henry Van Dyke

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.” – Joyce Giraud

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bil Keane

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Thanksgiving: MetaFB.org sold for $27,088 – www.nicenic.net

Meta madness continues with MetaFB.org, a domain turkey registered two months ago selling for $27,088 dollars on Sedo.

Referencing the “Meta” rebranding by Facebook, that “FB” suffix avoids infringing on the famous “Facebook” trademark.

Domain investor Aznagui noted the sale on Twitter:

Metafb.org sold officially 24/11/2021 for almost 30K$ The buyer (Unknown) was referred by SedoMLS partner Name.com. Sales referred through the SedoMLS Promotion with 20% commission = 5,417.60 USD.

Why would someone spend such an amount on a Meta / Facebook domain, is intriguing, unless it’s the Meta company themselves, and that just might be the case: The term “MetaFB” is registered in a whopping 471 TLDs, most of which reside on Facebook DNS.

Bingo!

Congratulations to the seller, that’s one Thanksgiving dinner powered by Meta Zuck!

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Who the fuck is bidding on the domain Nazi.TV? – www.nicenic.net

“Nazis, I hate these guys.”

The domain Nazi.TV is in auction at DropCatch and who the fuck would be bidding on such an atrocious domain name?

Nazi.TV dropped after being held for the past 4 years, although in the distant past it was held and dropped several times. The oldest record in DomainTools goes back to 2005.

What exactly would the winner of the Nazi.TV auction do with such a domain, it’s not clear. Share Nazi propaganda and videos from extremists? The Nazi ideology is better left at the bottom of the human history’s cesspool.

Update: Nazi.tv was won by Media Options that is pointing the domain to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global anti-nazi organization.

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Metamucil.com: Can you find an older two word – www.nicenic.net

Meta domains are all the rage, what with Meta becoming the new mother company of Facebook.

While meta domains are being registered and sold by domain speculators, the Meta company itself is reportedly hoarding hundreds as well.

The Greek prefix “meta” signifies a lot of different things so here’s a guide on how to use it to your benefit.

Facebook-owned domain Meta.com was registered in 1991 and that’s definitely the earliest single word “meta” domain but what about other, two word or brandable domains with the meta prefix?

We found one of the earliest ones, Metamucil.com.

Registered on August 9, 1995, at a time when domain registrations were still free, Metamucil is a brand owned by the Procter & Gamble Company and a registered trademark. Metamucil is a product that helps support your digestive health – in other words, it helps you poop.

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22 end user domain sales up to $47,000-NiceNIC.NET

A payments company, a workplace app, and an online course creator bought domain names.

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It’s interesting to see when a company swoops in and buys multiple related domains. With Sedo, this sometimes happens over weeks ormonths. But this week, one company bought four related domains on the marketplace.

Here’s a list of end user domain name sales that just completed at Sedo. You can view previous lists like this here.

Lendly.com $47,000 – This domain wasn’t in the weekly Sedo list, probably because it happened after the cutoff. Last month I wrote about lending company Lendly, LLC buying lend.ly for $4,500. The company was using getlendly.com.  At this point, I can’t definitively say that the same company bought the domain, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t. Interestingly, both lendly.com and lend.ly were used by the same company many years ago.

Crydo.com $15,000 – This is an interesting one. It appears the buyer picked it up as a typo of crypto or plans to rebrand one of its businesses. Graham Ventures, Inc. forwards the domain to its Fund.io domain, which it uses for a payment processing business.

EBGSolutions.com $15,000 – Whois shows the buyer is EBG in Florida. A building company in Florida uses the initialism EBG, but the buyer could be someone else.

FitForService.com $12,500 – Fit For Service appears to be some sort of self-improvement system or course. Here’s how it describes it: “Fit For Service is a curated fellowship with some of the world’s top coaches and experts, specifically designed to help you become physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, romantically and spiritually fit to be in service of the good of all. “

ITservice.ch EURO10,000 and Notebook.ch EUR 8,000 – Commerce Schweiz gmbh is an IT consulting shop.

Kleiderschrank.online $8,500, Kleiderschränke.net EURO3,500, Kleiderschraenke.net EURO3,500, and Kleiderschrank.org EURO3,000 – This word is German for wardrobe. goodsforbusinss GmbH provides products such as mannequins, clothing racks, etc. to businesses.

SAgency.com $6,495 – Jenny Weaver Capital, an M&A advisory firm, bought this domain. I’m not sure what it’s for.

AveNew.com $5,000 – The Heritage Group is a trucking, environmental cleanup, and logistics firm. I’m not sure how it will use this domain.

SouthernPickers.com $5,000 – The buyer is associated with Moorefarms Of Skippers Llc, which appears to be an agricultural firm.

GetSona.com $5,000 – Sona is a workplace app for employees that don’t use a desk.

HypeFree.com $4,299 – Hype Free is an online course about crypto and Web3.

MedicalHealthNews .net $4,150 – This is a site about supplements.

ShopIsrael.com $3,500 – Shop Israel sells an eclectic mix of goods related to Israel.

On-Energy.com $3,247 – Solar Ruhr GmbH is a solar power company in Germany.

Parfait.ch EURO2,990 – This domain has a coming soon page with a logo for Parfait.

FindaTradie.com EURO2220 – Just Hospitality Group Ltd provides services to hospitality recruiting companies. Tradie is a term for tradespeople with specialized skills, such as plumbers and electricians.

Neuricity.com $2,199 – Cognitive Brain Imaging in Missouri bought this domain. Neur is probably short for neurology.

MarcelHess.com EURO2,000 – Marcell Hess is a corporate speaker.

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Canada and Australia report continued domain growth-NiceNIC.NET

Domains continue to benefit from the move online during the pandemic.

Both Canada’s and Australia’s domain registries reported strong metrics in Q3 in their respective quarterly reports.

Canada’s .ca domain name ended September with just under 3.2 million domains under management, representing year-over-year growth of 7.7%. Growth has slowed since June, although it’s still well above pre-pandemic levels. Domain name and website registrations have soared as businesses go online. This graphic from CIRA shows how growth rates rebounded as the pandemic hit.

A graph showing growth of .ca domains over time. After peaking in summer 2021, rates have decreased.

Australia reported (pdf) 3.4 million domains under management at the end of Q3, up 5% year over year. auDA said new creates were a bit below the same quarter of last year but up from the second quarter of 2021. It said the sequential increase coincided with increased Covid-19 restrictions in part of Australia.

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SY.com Two letter domain name moves to Russian registrant-NiceNIC.NET

The ultra-short, ultra-premium domain SY.com has changed ownership, moving to a Russian registrant for a change.

Most often, two letter .com (LL .com) domains move to Chinese registrants when sold but this one appears to be a noteworthy exception!

Domain investor and LL .com aficionado, George Kirikos, noticed the transfer, that took place a few days ago:

It looks like the elite 2-letter dot-com SY(.)com may have changed hands, as the WHOIS now reflects ownership by an entity in Russia (and the registrar has changed), whereas it used to be owned by someone in the USA.

SY.com does not resolve currently. Registered in 1994 at no cost, SY.com could also represent the Syrian ccTLD, dot .sy, if a company like CentralNIC were to acquire it.

The earliest WHOIS information from 2001 shows that a company called SY Technology, Inc. was in the possession of SY.com, all the way until (at least) October 2017.

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India’s Prime Minister Modi Urges Countries to Collaborate on Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency – NiceNIC.NET

The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, has urged democratic countries to work together to ensure that cryptocurrency, particularly bitcoin, does not end up in the wrong hands. Meanwhile, the Modi government is working on a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies in India.

In addition, the prime minister urged Australia and India’s partners in the Indo-Pacific region “and beyond” to invest together in future technologies to “deepen intelligence and operational cooperation and develop common standards for data governance and cross border flow of data.”

Modi explained that the digital age is changing everything. Besides redefining politics, economies, and societies, it has raised new questions on sovereignty, governance, ethics, rights, and security.

This week, India’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance also held a meeting with representatives from the crypto industry. It was India’s first-ever parliamentary discussion of the broad subject of crypto finance involving the industry.

Meanwhile, Modi’s government is working on a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. Recent reports suggest that the government is planning to regulate crypto as assets, allowing Indians to hold them as investments.

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